use serial commas
Who knew that one little comma could cause such a debate? A serial comma is a comma that comes before the conjunction in a list.
Example: We love glazed donuts, chocolate frosted donuts, and cinnamon rolls.
Serial commas give clarity. Lists without a serial comma can sometimes be confusing and leave a reader questioning how the items are related.
Example: Alex won awards for her cookie recipes: peanut butter, chocolate chip and oatmeal and cranberry.
Did Alex win an award for chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies or oatmeal and cranberry cookies?
A serial comma answers the question. Alex won awards for cookie recipes: peanut butter, chocolate chip, and oatmeal and cranberry.
print your document
A printed document looks different than what you see on the screen. It is much easier to spot that extra space or misused comma on paper. Always print your document and read it before calling it complete.
Grammarly is a free app that you can use to check your writing. You can download the application to your internet browser and it will automatically check your spelling and grammar in emails. You can also use their website to grammar check Microsoft Word documents. Check it out.
find a human proofreader
Apps and websites are great, but you still need human eyes. Ask a friend or coworker to review your writing for proofreading errors, content clarity, and flow.